Gothic Route in Gemer Region
Transfer back to the times of the broken arch and frescoes. The first thematic-cultural tourist route in Slovakia will take you through the rarest cultural and historical monuments of the Gemer area. It also extends into the Spiš region, part of which forms a circuit with a total length of 276 km. In addition to castle complexes and mansions, you can also get to know the ancient village churches along the route. To date, 23 churches with medieval murals by Italian frescoers and their trained masters have been registered in the Gemer-Malohont area, which has long placed the area in the context of advanced Central European culture.
On Gemer, the Gothic Way also includes churches in Ochtiná, Koceľovce, the majestic Protestant Church in Štítnik, as well as picturesque churches in Kyjatice, Kraskovo, Rákoš, a Roman Catholic church with the altar of Master Paul of Levoča in Chyžné, a unique Rotunda in Šivetice and many others. This is only a fraction of the Gothic wealth of the undiscovered Gemer. Come discover him!
On the walls of the Brezovo church interior you will find many atypical scenes, such as the Blessing Angel and St. Bartholomew carrying his skin on his shoulder. The frescoes come from the 14th century from the Master of the Presbytery of Ochtiná. The research brought new discoveries of wall paintings in 2014.
The Koceľovce paintings represent the largest continuous painted area of all of the churches in Gemer. The most remarkable frescoes are the scene of the Crucifixion and the Burial, where the painter masterfully portrayed the deep sadness and pain of the three Marys from the death of Jesus.
The church is an important testament to the advanced Gothic architecture of Gemer in the 14th century. The frescoes from this period were created by at least two Italian masters, who were probably invited to Plešivec by Juraj Bebek. The interior also features a Gothic tombstone of Ladislav Bebek made from pink marble.